Uganda representatives in the 2018/18 CAF Champions league, Vipers SC started their campaign on a disappointing note falling to Sudanese outfit El Merrikh in the first leg of the preliminary round.
Despite being resilient for the better part of the game played on Wednesday, the Venoms caved in towards the end conceding two goals before pulling back one through Dan Muzeeyi Sserunkuma.
Manager Javier Martinez Espinoza is optimistic that his charges will bounce back at home to advance to the next stage.
The Mexican tactician believes his team put up a good fight but were unlucky to concede two late goals.
“I must say I’m proud of the performance from the team. It is unfortunate that we lost the game towards the very end but I’m optimistic we shall do better at home and try to advance to the next stage.” He said in a press briefing shortly after the game at El Merrikh stadium.
also indicated that they did not take away the chances they created in the game and on the other end failed to hold onto the score.
“I think we did not effectively use the chances we got and we allowed them to score towards the end. But we shall go back home to rectify the mistakes and I believe we shall win at St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende.” He added.
El Merrikh failed to convert a penalty in the first half when Ahmed Adam blasted wide from the spot but broke the duck in the 79thminute again from the spot this time through Almadina Bakri before Ibrahim Altag doubled the lead two minutes later.
Sserunkuma who had replaced Abraham Ndugwa in the 53rd minute scored the vital away goal for Vipers SC ahead of the return leg slated for Wednesday 5th December 2018.
The winner on aggregate will face either CS Constatine from Algeria or MAGTEL from Gambia who drew goalless in their first leg.